The family of Mark Mahaney, one of six people presumed to have died on Mount Rainier last week, issued a statement Tuesday evening.
Here is the statement:
Mark Mahaney, age 26, from St Paul, formerly of Prior Lake, Minnesota, died while scaling Mt. Rainier, in Washington State. Mark had summited Mt. Rainier in 2013 but was determined to return and complete the most difficult and technically challenging route, the Liberty Ridge. Prior to the incident that claimed Mark's life as well as the 5 others in his group, they completed the technically challenging portion that makes Liberty Ridge so respected. Mark’s young life may have tragically ended, but his loved ones take solemn joy in knowing Mark was participating in his true passion in life, climbing. Mark is survived by the love of his life, Desiree Norins, his parents Shawn and Kathy Mahaney, grandfather Myrl Mahaney, sisters Kara Bresnahan and Ashley Mackinnon, and brothers Christian Pool and Max Mahaney. Mark is also survived by numerous loved family members and friends, as well as the worldwide climbing community he was so proud to be a part of. A memorial mass is planned for Friday, June 6th, at the Church of St. Michael in Prior Lake, MN. A memorial fund is also being established in Mark’s name. While we appreciate the concern so many have shown since the incident, we ask for your understanding and allow us privacy during this time of grief and mourning. Thank you.